ely’s cookery course in Dublin: How to host the perfect dinner party


 ely’s cookery school – sharing chef skills

‘Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilised pleasures’ Michael Broadbent

Improve your culinary skills in 2012. Our cookery school teaches essential kitchen techniques and recipes used daily in our 3 restaurants, to bring the ely experience home. Our cookery course is one with a difference: we’ll not only teach you chef skills, award winning sommelier, Ian Brosnan, will do a food and wine matching lesson each evening so you can taste the perfect wines with the evening’s dishes!

From the beginning the ethos at ely has been simple: we want to serve good quality, simple food that works well with our wine list. Focusing on using locally sourced and seasonal produce in a creative and fun way, Ryan Stringer, our Executive Head Chef, will demonstrate how to prepare and cook a 3 course meal using the best of Irish produce.  Ryan will guide you through the process from sourcing the raw ingredients, preparation, timing and presentation of your dish. So whether it’s selecting the right cut of meat and doing it justice or mastering the art of the pastry chef, ely’s cookery school has something for everyone!

ely has always prided itself on its award winning wine list. After the demonstration, we’ll serve up the prepared dishes whilst Ian Brosnan, award-winning sommelier, presents the ideal white and red wines to serve with your food, explaining the principles of food and wine matching.

Wednesday 18th January:    Skillful Starters
Wednesday 25th January:    Main Course Perfection
Wednesday 1st February:     Delicious Desserts

Venue: ely bar & brasserie, IFSC
Time: 7pm sharp
Price: €45 per head, per night

Book for all 3 and receive a complimentary copy of ely’s cookbook.

To make a booking or for more information please contact wineclub@elywinebar.com or call 01 678 7867.

Dublin wine tasting: Cabernet Sauvignon – Bordeaux vs the World

With the days (and nights) starting to get a bit colder we hosted a tasting of deliciously rich and warming Cabernet on the 12th October 2011.

Our great line-up of the best Cabernet from around the world included iconic examples from  Argentina, Australia, South Africa, California and not forgetting Bordeaux! Cabernet’s main attributes are its firm tannins, fresh acidity and red fruit flavours. Throughout the evening our tasters got to experience how wonderfully different it can taste depending on which corner of the globe it is made.

Bodegas Lurton’s Cabernet Sauvignon is fruit driven with buckets of dark berries and gentle herby notes, offering the perfect balance between the savoury, herbaceous Bordeaux and the ripe and luscious Aussie interpretation. Uco Valley just south of Mendoza in the foothills of the Andes is considered one of the best places to plant red grape varieties and Bodegas Lurton were one of thr pioneering growers from the region. Lurton is now a 3rd generation wine-producing family originally from France, and you can really taste their French roots in this fantastic Cabernet!

Following Argentina’s offering we looked at one of the great Aussie producers! D’Arenberg, despite being quite a large producer, applies artisan practices to their prodcue enabling them to make very high quality wines. The High Trellis 2008 is a great example Aussie Cabernet at it’s best: aromas of fresh, ripe blueberries and cassis mingle with violets and leafy aromatics. There’s a touch of spicy oak adding complexity to the typical d’Arenberg soulful earthiness. This was one of the favourites of the night and went down on a real treat.

We also plucked from a region less known for making great Cabernet: Stellenbosch in South Africa. Famous for making Pinotage, Meerlust’s Rubicon is their most awarded wine and is a Bordeaux blend consisting of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 8% Merlot. It has all the savouriness of Bordeaux with dark fruits and earthy smokiness. South Africa can be overlooked when looking for an elegant wine, but in the last decade has seen an emergence of world-class winemaking across the cape. 

The penultimate wine was Cakebread Cellars’ Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Napa is a very special wine making region and it’s adaption to Cabernet has been instrumental in the development and evolution of the area. Characteristocally it has cassis, blackberry and boysenberry with subtle hints cedar, black tea spice and sweet oak scents.  It would be hard to mention Californian Cabernet and not mention the great tasting of 1976 where, in a blind tasting, Stag’s Leap Cabernet topped its Bordelian counterparts. Californian Cabernet can be a bit of an insiders secret, but it’s time to let it out of the bag!

Our last wine on the list was a classic Boredaux wine. Bordeaux is divided into 2 categories, the right bank for Merlot based wines (with a small proportion of Cabernet) and the left bank for Cabernet based wines (with a proportion of Merlot). Right bank wines refers to wines coming from the right bank of the Dordogne and includes Pomerol and St Emilion whilst wines on the left bank include Medoc, Haut-Medoc, St Estephe, Margaux and Pauillac. Bordeaux Cabernet is one of the most restrained, earthy and savoury expressions with delicious flavours of red and blackcurrants, pencil shaving and cedar. The example we chose for the tasting was ‘La Bastide Dauzac’  from Margaux, the 2nd wine of Chateau Dauzac.

All the wines were presented by the wonderful Monica Murphy of Febvre, who showed us what makes Cabernet Sauvignon so unique and how each terroir can create subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, differences in this wonderful grape.

To find out more about ely’s wine tasting and events please contact wineclub@elywinebar.com , call (01)  678 7867 or check out our website.

Tasting nights in 2012

Thursday 19th January: Bordeaux (€40 per head)
Thursday 26th January: Great Whiskeys of the World (€45 per head) TBC
Thursday 2nd February: Chateauneuf du Pape (€40 per head)
Thursday 16th February: Southern France (€35 per head)
Wednesday 22nd February: Italy (€35 per head)
Thursday 1st March: Chardonnay (€35 per head)

All the above tastings start at 18:45 sharp and take place in ely bar & brasserie, IFSC.

Click to find out about our wine course or our BIG wine tasting happening in Spring 2012.

The BIG wine tasting at ely, 17th February 2012

ely’s BIG wine tasting is a fantastic opportunity to taste wine from all corners of the globe. We open up over 80 of our favourite wines and have experts on hand to guide you through the tasting. Whether you want to explore the great wines of the world or simply enjoy more of the wines you love, our BIG wine tasting is the tasting for you.

Date: 17th February
Ticket: €20 per head
Venue: ely bar & brasserie, IFSC
Time: 6pm and 8pm

For more information please contact wineclub@elywinebar.com or call 01 678 7867.

Read about our wine courses and our wine tasting evenings .

Wine (and whiskey) tastings at ely, Spring 2012

ely’s wine tastings are a great way to spend the evening with friends.

Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match the wines. Our wine tastings are fun and informal evenings where you can learn more about the wines you love in relaxed, informal atmosphere.

Thursday 19th January: Bordeaux (€40 per head)
Thursday 26th January: Great Whiskeys of the World (€45 per head)
Thursday 2nd February: Chateauneuf du Pape (€40 per head)
Thursday 16th February: Southern France (€35 per head)
Wednesday 22nd February: Italy (€35 per head)
Thursday 1st March: Chardonnay (€35 per head)

All the above tastings start at 18:45 sharp and take place in ely bar & brasserie, IFSC.

For more information or to reserve your place please contact wineclub@elywinebar.com or call 01 678 7867.

To read about what goes on at our tastings please click here!


Wine Course in Dublin, January 2012

Our 4 Week Wine Appreciation Course is now available for booking, please see below for course dates and times.

ely’s 4 Week Wine Appreciation Course is great for those who love wine and would like to learn a little more. We examine how wine is made, where it comes from, why we like it and why sometimes we don’t. ely provides a fun, fresh and sociable approach to wines tasting: deciphering jargon, how to get value and the best out of a bottle. To read a review of our wine course please click here. Starting from January 2012 award winning Sommelier, Ian Brosnan, will be teaching all our wine courses. We look forward to welcoming Ian to the team!

The topics include:

principle red grape varieties
principle white grape varieties
sparkling, dessert and fortified wines
food and wine matching
understanding labels

Each evening we will taste 6 wines with a retail value of €15 – €50, serve a supper dish to match the wines and provide full course notes. The course is held at ely bar & brasserie, IFSC on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm.

Cost: €160 per head


January 17th, 24th, 31st and Feb 7th 2012
February 21st, 28th, Mar 6th, 13th 2012

For further details please contact Michelle Lawlor at wineclub@elywinebar.com or call 01 678 7867, you can also book the course on line at our website.

We have lots of wine tastings on all the time. Check out our website to see the line-up!

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